Chievo welcome the visitors Cagliari in the Italian Serie A – Round 29. The match will be held on Friday, March, 29th, at the Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi (Verona).
The hosting Chievo feature quite a bad season. They presently sit rock-bottom in the table and have almost zero chances for survival. Over the span of twenty-seven rounds, the Verona outfit attained only one win, and their handicap from the closest rivals Frosinone is seven points. Notably, this is the least scoring and the most leaking side in the division. Why are the ‘Flying Donkeys’ performing so miserable this campaign? The failures are, first of all, attributed to the club’s management that were unable to take drastic measures and replace the head coach earlier. Basically, Chievo were to leave the elite league yet in the last season, but they somehow survived. Lorenzo D’Anna was promptly appointed for the managerial post, and the team kept their place in the Serie A. The management did not look to fortify the squad though, therefore, since the very start of the campaign, the latter were not expected to achieve much. Along the season, the ‘Donkeys’ were guided by Gian Piero Ventura, but he did not stay long and did not have much in the way of pulling the team out of the crisis. When Domenico di Carlo came to reign, there were some improvements – Chievo registered a few successive draws against solid opponents, but they were followed by defeats. Rigoni, Frey, Tomovic, Schelotto, and others’ injuries regularly prevent the side from revival.
The visiting Cagliari can feel safe so far in terms of their table placement. Last campaign, they were one of the main candidates for relegation, but this year, they moved a bit forward. At any rate, there are many other contenders in the league who better deserve to leave. Rolando Maran’s men are inconsistent, they alter successes and failures. One of the team’s latest achievements is the win over Internazionale Milan. As for the club’s recent problems, they have a great number of injured players. Klavan’s recovery took too long, Cerri, who was great in the last League B season, is also unwell. Thereau and Pavoletti are back from illnesses and don’t boast their form. After twenty-eight rounds held, Cagliari count thirty points, which is quite a good record for them.
Bookmakers don’t favor any side. Though the game is hosted by Chievo, and the head-to-head history is on their side either, the home team cannot be considered favorites. The ‘Islanders’ look better both in the defense and the attack, so, they are not expected to lose.
Prediction for the match: Chievo to win with a 0.0 handicap.